Heroin deaths on the rise in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Heroin overdose deaths in the United States have increased more than 400 percent since 2010.

In Alabama, 46 people have died from heroin-related overdoses. In 2013, that number was 58.

To help fight the problem, UAB and the United States District Attorney’s Office held a forum Tuesday with the goal of letting everyone and their family know the heroin problem in Birmingham is something everyone should be worrying about.

The forum is important because the face of heroin users is changing. They’re getting younger and they’re starting with prescription pills.

While parents can’t prevent everything experts say, they can help by clearing medicine cabinets of unwanted and unused prescriptions.

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